Raiwand’s Dream shattered as all political parties opposed mid term poll

PML_N doesn't like peaceful democratic process, it seems it believes in anarchism

It seems Mian Nawaz Sharif who don’t believe in democratic institutions and political process, along with his buddies (especially Chaudahry Nisar), wants to build a anarchist state or Talibanized society in which modern representative system, voter’s choice and individual freedoms will have no place. Democracy irks Mian sahib beacuse he is not a member of the parliament and his party is not in power-or possibly the undertaking given in the Jeddah agreement between Nawaz Sharif and former president Pervez Musharraf, will complete its binding period in this December? According to reports, Nawaz Sharif had given an undertaking to former president Musharraf that he will not participate in politics for 10 years and recently representative of Saudi King Abdullah met with PML-N Chief nawaz Sharif in London for three hours in which he once again relate the message to abide by the agreement made during the tenure of former President Pervez Musharraf. Dr Babar Awan rightly advised Mian sahib that if  any person having intentions to benefit after December in the name of change has misperceived the situation, as the next elections will be held in 2013-and he should play his role in the parliament.

Mian Nawaz Sharif has, throughout his political career, by and large shown little respect for constitution, parliament and democratic norms and traditions. Because of these ‘virtues’ (lack of respect towards constitution, parliament and democracy), the nation always regarded him as a true heir of General Zia-ul-Haq. We also keep in mind history, background and ideology of  Sharif’s  party,  which is basically a component of the all Punjabi conservative right wing class. During his premiership Mian shahib, wanting to be crowned as the Amirul Momineen, he introduced Shariat bill(15th amendment). A few months ago, Ms.Fauzia Wahab insinuated that the PML-N won elections with support from extremists. Ms. Wahab said: “There has always been a nexus between the PML-N and religious elements across the country. The PML-N succeeded in the 2008 elections due to their support. And now despite the fact that there exists apparently no reason, political or otherwise, for a mid term poll in the country, the PML-N’s demand for it, it reflects it’s undemocratic mindset.

In recent weeks, Nawaz Sharif has been advocating for a national agenda which he calls the ‘Charter of Pakistan’. He claims the panacea he has been suggesting is “the only solution to all the evils ailing the country”-and arguments and examples which might go contrary to his point of view, suggest that his great imaginative formula, is infect purely a combination of the unconstitutionalism and anarchism and it’ll eventually harm the democratic process, in Mubarik Haider’s words,The proposed solution of a new constitution, with Nawaz Sharif as the guiding star, will only reward us with a new military set up.”

The PML-N is continuously losing patience and now, it steps up campaign against Pakistan Peoples party led government and democracy-and this time it has talked openly about the possibility of mid-term elections in clear terms and that too on a day when party chief Nawaz Sharif convened a meeting of senior party leaders and members of the Central Organizing Committee in Islamabad on Nov 5.

Earlier the prime minister while responding to the opposition leader’s remarks about mid-term elections said that no martial law is going to be imposed and neither would he (the PM) dissolve the assemblies.

All those seeking the dissolution of the National Assembly and calling for mid-term polls are actually trying to tear the country apart and derail democracy, he said.

He said mid-term elections could be held only if he exercised his constitutional power to dissolve the National Assembly — a previously presidential power given him by the 18th Amendment — or if an unconstitutional martial law was imposed.

“I will not dissolve the assembly,” he said amid cheers from the coalition benches and told those demanding the opposite course — who he said were “not sincere to the country” — not to have “any misunderstanding” that the present “patriotic and pro-democracy military” would impose martial law.

Stressing that the present assembly represented the mandate of the entire country, he said: “It is our duty to protect this house. We cannot fulfil anybody’s (contrary) wish.”

The prime minister also asked the “advocates of mid-term elections”, without naming the PML-N, to keep in mind the results of recent by-elections, in which it lost some seats it had won in the February 2008 general election, and said they better hold local government elections to see what happens.

During another meeting with ministers and lawmakers, Gilani said “certain forces in the Parliament have wishful thinking to derail the democratic process” and were demanding mid-term elections.

Strongly rejecting the calls for dissolution of Parliament, Gilani said democracy is the only solution to the problems facing.

All the leading political parties are advising the PML-N  to wait for 2013 when the present parliament will complete its constitutional term and the nation prepares for a general election. Below are the responses of the leading political parties, their spokespersons  termed it emotional demand and this move could  affect democracy in the country, even Jamaat-e-Islami says it would not support any unconstitutional move:

PML-Q’s Response:

Senator of PML-Q Kamil Ali Agha has said that the demand of PML-N could affect the present democratic system. He also said that such demand should be made after brain storming and not as emotional demands. Kamil Ali Agha was of the view that such decisions could only be made in the party meetings.

ANP”s Response:

The information minister of the KhyberPakhtunkhwa province Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that the demand seems to be Khwaja Asif’s personal thought and not the party stance of PML-N. He said that mid-term polls could affect democracy in the country. He also felt sure that Mian Nawaz Sharif would not be in support of this demand.

Jamaat-e-Islami’s response
Leader of Jamat-e Islami Liaqat Baloch has said that the Jamat would not support any extra constitutional move. He said that mid-terms could only be held when the assemblies are dissolved. Liaqat Baloch said that on one hand PPP and PML-N are in coalition government in Punjab and on the other hand this demand has been forwarded. He vowed not to support any extra constitutional action or step.

Faisal Raza Abidi’s Response:

Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Faisal Raza Abidi has responded on the demand by saying that this demand and desire of PML-N would not be fulfilled. These types of demands are not new for PPP, he added. He proudly prophesied PPP’s success even in the next general polls.

The coordinator to President Asif Zardari for Punjab, Naveed Chaudhry, stated that there was no provision of mid-term elections in the Constitution. The PPP member said the opposition always talked about problem, but it had never suggested any solution.

He ridiculed allegations by Chaudhry Nisar about massive corruption, wondering what he had been doing as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) if these charges were true.

Naveed Chaudhry said the government was about to launch a “social reforms programme”, claiming it would bring about a visible change in society.

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